Football Language: To track back
This week we will look at the verb phrase to track back. This is used when an attacking player follows an opponent back and tries to tackle them, or to stop them getting the ball. It’s especially used for wingers, wide players, or midfielders – players who are not defenders but should do some defensive work. This week in the Champion’s League, Manchester City were hosted by Celtic, and Raheem Sterling, a front man for Man City did a good job tracking back, but unfortunately as he tried to block a shot from Moussa Dembele, the ball came off him and ended in an own goal.
- Example: Damon often complained that his midfield team mates did not track back enough meaning he had little or no protection against the opposition forwards.